Kind words from the Prof inspire me to provide some helpful advice to journalists.
Murray Waas had a (typically) good article yesterday in the National Journal on Dick Cheney's involvement in the Plame investigation, based on documents released last week and supported by some new quotes from his uncanny sources close to the investigation.
And Mr. Waas certainly moved the needle - the NY Times went wild:
The letter was first reported Thursday by the National Journal, which said its sources had identified that one of the superiors was Mr. Cheney.
"The letter was first reported"? Even the Times had noted it a week ago.
By contrast, the WaPo was restrained to the point of accuracy:
The National Journal first reported on its Web site yesterday that Cheney had provided the authorization.
And the AP managed to shake some new quotes out of people.
Well, here comes the handy hint, which should be especially helpful to the Times - check a few blogs before putting on the big floppy shoes and commencing the clown show.
For example, here is the Emptywheel, from (I'm embarrased for the Times as I type this) Feb. 1:
Two more bits. First, we learn from this that the intent of the July 8 conversation--the one where Judy had to come to DC for breakfast at the St. Regis? Well, the stated reason for that meeting was so Libby could leak the classified contents of the NIE to Judy. Now, apparently Libby "was authorized to disclose information about the NIE to the press by his superiors." (6) Hmm. Libby is the Chief of Staff to the VP. Who are his superiors. Hold on, I know!! Dick Cheney! George Bush! Both telling Libby to go peddle classified information to journalists. Nice crowd, this Bush White House.
No, no one close to the investigation confirmed that guess at that time, but really - a big time reporter might have found a clue or two in that passage.
Or here is ReddHedd, from the firedoglake team cited above:
...but suffice it to say Fitz dangles out an intriguing tidbit: Libby disclosed information regarding the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), and was authorized to do so by his superiors, according to Libby's own testimony to the Grand Jury. Fitz goes on to say that the NIE information was a basis for his discussion with Judy Miller on July 8, and that it is "inextricably intertwined with the narrative of events of Spring 2003," as Libby's testimony makes plain. Well, isn't that juicy?
C'mon, leads are hiding in plain sight.